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Chapter 9. Assets and the Library > Working with Library Items

Working with Library Items

As convenient as assets are, sometimes you need something a little more powerful. To remain consistent within your Web site design, it often helps to have elements link back to one central or master element. This is exactly what library items offer. Library items can go far beyond simple graphics; in fact, a library item can be a navigation bar or even a JavaScript-based drop-down menu complete with hyperlinks. The great thing about a library item is that it not only will increase productivity by eliminating repetitive tasks, it greatly reduces the chance for human error. Suppose, for example, at the bottom of each page within your Web site you placed a footer that noted the copyright date. What if the copyright date changes and you have this footer placed on 50 or more documents? That could turn out to be a monumental task for any designer; however, if the footer was saved and used throughout the site as a library item, the designer could update only the item in the library, and the footer on all the 50 or more pages would automatically update. The library inside of Dreamweaver offers some wonderful benefits and can play a crucial role in increasing your productivity.

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A library item can be any object that is inserted within the <body> tags of the HTML document. These objects can contain behaviors and JavaScript code.



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